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City Guide Amsterdam – Summer '24

With things heating up all across the Dutch art scene, we at Art Fix HQ are fanning ourselves with exhibition pamphlets and heading out for the best shows of the summer. Here's a round-up of our favourite highlights of the season in Amsterdam.

First order of business: this Art Fix map will save you time when you’re busy gallery-hopping along the canals of Amsterdam. Save it on your phone in the Google Maps app, and share with fellow art-loving friends.

MUST-SEE MUSEUM SHOWS AND EVENTS

Opnamedatum: 2018-09-5

Point of View | Rijksmuseum

Connecting threads of fashion, furniture, art, and culture, this collection presentation meanders through gender expression across time.

Lee Ufan | Rijksmuseum

We are so excited that the Rijksmuseum has invited Korean artist Lee Ufan (one of the founders of the Japanese avant-garde art movement ‘mono-ha’) for the 11th edition of its annual sculpture exhibition in its beautiful gardens.

Marina Abramović | Stedelijk Museum

This must-see retrospective of the prolific work of performance art legend Marina Abramović is one you cannot miss. You can expect to see breathtaking videos and photographs of her work, as well as intimate live re-performances.

Robbie Williams | Moco Museum

Yes ladies, THE Robbie Williams, the singer and former member of the iconic English pop group Take That, conquers Amsterdam. Moco shows a collection of his artworks on mental health, transforming inner demons into self-loving angels.

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Janette Beckman | Foam

Chasing snapshots of the most iconic faces and poses, Janette Beckman’s photography has documented cornerstones of punk and hip hop music history. This large-scale retrospective titled ‘Rebels’ stretches from her earliest works documenting the birth of punk, all the way up to recent political movements such as Black Lives Matter.

Matthew Wong & Vincent van Gogh | Van Gogh Museum

Taking inspiration from the work of one of the Netherlands’ best-known artists, Matthew Wong’s landscape paintings put a modern twist on the typical colours used by Van Gogh.

GALLERIES

Andy Llanes Bultó | Galerie Ron Mandos

Using a combination of oil paint and gold leaf, Cuban artist Andy Llanes Bultó depicts scenes that remind us of the ambiguous homoeroticism in classical painting – from wrestling, to loving embraces. In different parts of the gallery, you can also see exhibitions of works by Matias Salgado, Karen Lamassonne, and Abul Hisham.

Meta Struycken | Eenwerk 

A fascinating installation of 90 mini clothing objects, that draw our attention to the long-lived domestic tradition of mending and repairing clothing – curated by the late Julius Vermeulen.

 

Group exhibition ‘Female Fatigue’ | Stigter van Doesburg

Bringing together works from four international female artists, this exhibition tenderly foregrounds the complexities of the female experience. Get excited to see the work of Melissa Gordon, Dina Danish, Peggy Franck and Erika Peucelle.

Group exhibition ‘La pluie d’été’ | Galerie Fons Welters

Summer rain giving you the blues? This group show is the perfect antidote, featuring works from the likes of Taocheng Wang, Tom Claassen, and Art Fix fave Berend Strik.

Art Fix tip: On the lookout for the perfect gift to bring to a summer wedding? Berend’s hand-finished limited edition works might be the perfect choice.

Art Fix: Did you know the front façade of this gallery was made by Joep van Lieshout?

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Anthony Ngoya & Mandy Franca | Caroline O’Breen

A dreamlike series of works from artists Anthony Ngoya and Mandy France, both of whom explore the concept of collective memory and how it shapes our relationship to a cultural identity.

Josse Pyl & Marijke Van Warmerdam | Annet Gelink Gallery

In the main gallery of Annet Gelink, Belgian artist Josse Pyl’s multimedia works play with the logic of language and linguistics. Meanwhile, downstairs in the ‘Bakery’ project space, previous Venice Biennale participant Marijke Van Warmerdam is exhibiting her video work titled ‘Per Sempre’.

Michael Raedecker | GRIMM Gallery

London-based Miachel Raedecker’s hauntingly beautiful works are no stranger to the walls of Grimm Gallery. In tandem with his successful solo exhibition at the Kunstmusem Den Haag, ‘back on earth’ is an exhibition which explores the symbiotic relationship between nature and humanity.

40 X 40 X 40 | Torch Gallery

To celebrate a whopping 40 successful years, Torch gallery is bringing together their MVPs for a stacked exhibition of colour and pizzazz.

Jehoshua Rozenman | Galerie Fontana 

What would Bauhaus look like in the age of AI? Rijksakademie graduate Jehoshua Rozenman experiments with futuristic architectural forms using glass as his material of choice – one which is fragile and precarious to work with, yet lasts thousands of years into the future.

Iris Kensmil | Madé van Krimpen

You might’ve seen Iris Kensmil’s works at the Tropenmuseum, the Van Abbemuseum, or Museum Kranenbergh – or perhaps you remember her works representing the Netherlands at the 2019 Venice Biennale. ‘On the Inside’ brings together her paintings which evoke a sense of domesticity and intimacy, characterised by her black feminist lens on fine art.

Group exhibition, ‘Angel’s Egg’ | Kersgallery

‘Angel’s Egg’ will be bringing together the works of Marc Mulders, Lotte Wieringa, Sam Hersbach, Brigitte Louter and Ema Vaneková around the theme of innovation, possibilities and hope for the future.

Simphiwe Ndzube | Stevenson 

In this solo exhibition titled ‘After Rain Songs’, South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube uses motifs of freedom and revolution to create an artistic understanding of his country’s fraught history.

Chantal Elisabeth Ariëns | Bildhalle

These melancholic, dramatic photograph works seem to capture motion and dance in a way that is only paralleled by film. Drawing from her background at the Ballet Academy in Tilburg, Ariëns depicts the physicality and craft of dance.

Earth | AkzoNobel Art Foundation

How often do you get to see a corporate art collection? This is your chance! AkzoNobel shows a special exhibition in their dynamic open Art Space: ‘Earth – A Collective Landscape’.

OUTSIDE AMSTERDAM

Babs Haenen, Hieke Luik & Ien Lucas | Galerie Ramakers

Just across from the Palace Gardens in the Hague, Galerie Ramakers is presenting works from three artists: Babs Haenen, Hieke Luis and Ien Lucas.

Sylvie Fleury | Kunsthal

  • Until 8 Sept ’24
  • Westzeedijk 341, Rotterdam
  • kunsthal.nl

Swiss installation artist Sylvie Fleury is making a bang in South Holland this Spring – she’s known best for her pointed, yet playfully tongue-in-cheek artworks which critique hypermasculinity and consumerism using familiar motifs from the fashion and advertising world.

Levi van Veluw | Singer Laren

For his first ever large-scale retrospective, Levi van Veluw’s world-building installations will take up six galleries of the Singer Laren Museum. The final act: a dizzying, spiral-shaped room filled with 1,500 busts of the artist’s own likeness.

Ron Mueck | Voorlinden Museum

Opening this summer, the airy walls of Voorlinden Museum in Wassenaar will become home to the monumental sculptures of Australian artist Ron Mueck. Book a your spot online before you go, because tickets will not be available at the door.

Isaac Julien | Bonnefanten Museum

By now, we’re sure you’ve heard all about this British installation-film artist’s blockbuster retrospective at Tate Britain last year. Here’s your chance to see ‘What Freedom Means To Me’, at his first solo presentation in the Netherlands.

Laure Prouvost | De Pont

The artist welcomes visitors into a surreal, absurdist and poetic world of her own making. Prouvost was recently nominated as ‘Artist of the Year’ by the leading British art journal Apollo.

Kimsooja | Museum De Lakenhal

Kimsooja’s work is strongly rooted in Korean traditions. In her art, she combines personal history with global themes such as migration, mobility and the feeling of being somewhere at home.

True Colors | Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Over 60 international contemporary artists are brought together in this vivid exhibition, featuring works from the collection of AkzoNobel Art Foundation.

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum | KM21

Drawing artistic inspiration from the landscapes that raised her in Botswana, Canada, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Panama and more, Sunstrum tells patchworked stories drawn from memory and mythology.

Hans Op de Beeck | Kunsthal Kade

At the new installation space ‘De Elleboog’, the Belgian artist unveils a brand new landscape installation titled ‘The Silent Reflection’.

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‘If Not Now, When?’ | Museum Beelden aan Zee

For the first time, over seventy sculptures and installations from one of the most important private collections in the Netherlands – belonging to one Max Vorst – will be exhibited in the dunes of Scheveningen. Some of the exhibiting artists include Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Roni Horn, Ugo Rondinone, Antony Gormley, and many, many more.

In Focus | Centraal Museum

In the late 1960s, a fascinating art movement emerged in America: Photorealism. Paintings so detailed and lifelike that you almost think they are photographs. This exhibition also shows how contemporary artists relate to this art movement. We look forward to see Bobbi Essers work in this exhibition!

COFFEE AND BITES

et CLAIRE

Calling all Viennoiserie lovers – here’s your fix of a buttery, flakey, sweet something to keep you going between gallery stops.

Skina

Have you checked out this new coffee spot yet? It’s as Instagrammable as it is delish.

Rum Baba Coffee Roasters

Who doesn’t love a freshly roasted brew with a slice of homemade cake?

Back to Black

For a special seasonal treat, make sure you order the filled speculaas biscuit with your cup of coffee.

LUNCH AND DINNER

Café Verlan

New York vibes on the canal.

Cantine de Caron

A beautifully designed restaurant housed in a former gas factory overlooking Westerpark. Can’t go wrong here!

De Tros

One of our favorite restaurants in the east of Amsterdam.

Bussia

Sangiovese or Chianti? This is an understated, but refined take on modern Italian cuisine in the trendy Jordaan neighborhood.

Art Fix tip: The focaccia to go is to die for.

Bakkerij Wolf

Open face sandwiches and schiacciata galore – we also recommend the delicious carrot cake.

Breadwinner

A Canadian-owned bakery that specialises in sourdough bagels – yum, count us in.

Caldi e Freddi

Amsterdam’s best kept secret is an authentic Italian deli in the heart of Amsterdam’s centre with unbeatable prices – think panini, cornetti and espresso.

Troef

A chic, yet cosy spot for French-Mediterranean inspired shared plates and a very indulgent selection of wines.

Zoldering

Speaking of wine, this fine dining establishment is well equipped with not one, not two, but three sommeliers. Book a table here for refined flavours served with a casual vibe.

Kikkie van de Prinsensluis

This modern twist on the classic Amsterdam brown café is exactly the ticket at the end of a cold rainy day of museum-hopping. We recommend the smash burgers here for your cheat day treat. 

DRINKS

Twee Prinsen

Just opposite Kikkie sits this stylish natural wine bar – head here for drinks on a nice full stomach.

Café Thijssen

This is a truly historic location in the Dutch capital – great for snacks and small bites to go with your end-of-day drinks.

PAST SHOWS

Carla Klein | KM21

KM21 presents new and recent work by Klein in her first Dutch museum solo exhibition. In her often large-scale oil paintings she explores the abstraction of a landscape, and is intrigued by the way the same site can appear simultaneously flat and deep.

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Sophie Steengracht | GoMulan Gallery

For Amsterdam Art Week, GoMulan Gallery and their neighbours at Galerie Fleur en Wouter will host the ‘Van Ostade Biennale’ – a joint exhibition of Sophie Steengracht and Lonneke van der Palen. During the week, the artist will be present: Sophie Steengracht will be creating a mural within the gallery space during opening hours: don’t miss it!

25 Years of Galerie Ron Mandos | Galerie Ron Mandos

To celebrate its silver jubilee, Galerie Ron Mandos will be presenting works from all of its artists, each showcased alongside the artist’s favourite piece of music. The closing event is going to be a party you won’t want to miss – be there or be square!

Frans Hals | Rijksmuseum

After Vermeer, another blockbuster at the Rijksmuseum. Frans Hals’ style was as freewheeling as it was lively. A style that won him praise and prestige, and earned him a reputation as a forerunner of impressionism.

Random International | NXT Museum

Random International is a London-based post-digital art group that creates large-scale installations, exploring the relationship between humanity and technology, and how it impacts our connections to one another. For the duration of Amsterdam Art Week, NXT Museum will also be exhibiting two mega video works by London-based artist Marco Brambilla, titled ‘Heaven’s Gate’ and ‘Creation’.

Art Fix: To learn more about digital art, catch up on our episode ‘The Virtual as Reality’.

4 Rijkscollecties & Hans Op de Beeck | Kunsthal Kade

Some never-before-seen items are leaving the storage of the collections of Het Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Paleis Het Loo, the Rijksmuseum and the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, to be paired with works by the Belgian monochromatic sculptor Hans Op de Beeck.

D. D. Trans and Johan de Wit | Galerie Ramakers

Just across from the Palace Gardens in the Hague, Galerie Ramakers is presenting a duo show of Belgian artists D.D. Trans and Johan de Wit – something sweet for the Spring?

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Tim Mathijsen and Tim Ayres | Michiel Simons

A duo exhibition titled ‘Syntax’, in which artists Tim Mathijsen and Tim Ayres come together to explore the decontextualisation and recontextualisation of language and form to create new meaning.

Group show ‘Motion’ | Bildhalle

We often think of a photo as a moment ‘frozen’ in time, but what if it can capture motion as well? In this group show, Bildhalle brings together three photographers: Casper Faassen, Lillian Bassman, and René Groebli whose works play with movement and dynamism.

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Group exhibition, ‘PUCTUM’ | Kersgallery

PUNCTUM will be exhibiting the works of Malin Persson, Marie Reintjes, Jan Timmers, and Sam Werkhoven.

Ahmad Mallah | Madé van Krimpen

In ‘A New Era’, queer Palestinian artist Ahmad Mallah examines his own transformation into self-love and acceptance since fleeing to the Netherlands in 2014 from his home in Syria.

Ellen Kooi | Torch Gallery

In ‘Finity’, Dutch visual artist Ellen Kooi recreates the classic art historical trope of a ‘figure in a landscape’ using cinematic photography to call attention to the beauty and transcience of the Dutch countryside.

Group show, ‘Self Portraits’ | GRIMM Gallery

Across their galleries in both Amsterdam and New York, Grimm Gallery will be showcasing self portraits of 22 international artists including Arisa Yoshioka, Matthias Weischer, and Volker Hüller.

Rinella Alfonso | Annet Gelink Gallery

This marks Rinella Alfonso’s first ever solo exhibition – expect hazy, dreamlike abstractions of familiar objects floating in the ether.

Mounir Raji | Caroline O’Breen

A dreamlike sequence of images that reconstruct Dutch-Morrocan photographer Mounir Raji’s personal narrativization of his mother country.

Sarah Księska | Galerie Fons Welters

Vienna-based Sarah Księska’s oil paintings are made directly onto a panel of primed aluminium, giving her works a uniquely reflective, other-worldly quality. In March, her first solo show in the Netherlands opens at Galerie Fons Welters.

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20th/21st Century Auction Exhibition | Christie’s Amsterdam

Browse the works of this spring’s 20th/21st Century lots – including works by Marina Abramovic, Richard Serra, Karel Appel and Chantal Joffe.

Hans van der Ham | Stigter van Doesburg

These sculptures and oil paintings depict robot-like humanoids in various art historical styles.

Meredith Monk | Oude Kerk 

A 700 year old church in the middle of Amsterdam is an unlikely, yet ideal, place to enjoy the immersive work of this American vocalist and interdisciplinary performer.

Jonat Deelstra | GoMulan

In ‘The Development of Everyday Life’, Jonat Deelstra’s work casts an ominous undertone beneath the seemingly mundane scenes of urban life.

Claudy Jongstra | Eenwerk 

In the greenhouse above gallery EENWERK and in the studio of artist Claudy Jongstra in Friesland, an extraordinary process has taken place: Plants were sowed, harvested, and their flowers dried in the greenhouse, to later distill the plants’ colors that would botanically dye the sheep’s wool from Drenthe. A lengthy process for a magical result: a hand-crafted, wool-felted composition.

Art Fix Tip: On the 30th of March, Eenwerk will be presenting ‘Claudy Jongstra: The Artist Is Present.’

Refik Anadol | Kunsthal

Are you ready for the first solo exhibition of this prominent digital artist in the Netherlands? Anadol uses AI and data visualisation to create ‘living paintings’.

Emma Talbot | Galerie Onrust

Emma Talbot is a storyteller with a distinctive painterly language. She combines colorful swirling lines and patterns, text, and a female figure. The figure is faceless, acting as an avatar of Emma Talbot.

Jump In | Capital C

For this exhibition, JumpstArt has selected 11 artists who are at the beginning of their careers. All works are under €2000.

Paul Kooiker & Marenne Welten | tegenboschvanvreden

‘A Hand Not Seen’ is a duo exhibition blending photography with expressive abstract paintings.

Kaspar Dejong | Christie’s

Young curator Benjamin Carels has brought together the art of Kaspar Dejong and that of Agnes Martin, Tomas Rajlich and Carl André. This has led to an interesting interaction between the artist and his inspiration.

Sol LeWitt | Jewish Museum 

Sol LeWitt is a leading name in the field of conceptual art – this exhibition delves into the relationship between his artwork and his Jewish identity.

CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? | Stevenson 

In the face of growing politicisation, Stevenson gallery explores the exhibition space as a site of protest. Featuring 45 artists, this group show will stop you in its tracks with its heartfelt cri-de-coeur.

Lucas Lenglet | Stigter van Doesburg

Lucas Lenglet will show a collection of older and more recent works that reflect on the concept of the cage – an important theme from the beginning of his artist practise.

Group exhibition, ‘Cool White or Daylight’ | Kersgallery

How about some colour to brighten up the lacklustre Dutch weather? A group exhibition with artists; Roos van Haaften, Jop Vissers Vorstenbosch, and Niek Hendrix. 

(Un)monumenting | NDSM Loods

  • Until 18 Feb ’24
  • NDSM-Plein 85
  • ndsm.nl

12 artists, one exhibition. (Un)monumenting is about questioning ‘monuments’. What are monuments or what should they be, what is their meaning, and who are they intended for?

Art Fix Tip: Two free ferries sail directly to the NDSM wharf, which are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists and mopeds.

Ilona Langbroek | Bildhalle

The contrast of light and shadow in this artist’s photography is simply mesmerizing – Langbroek’s work is an introspective look at the cultural identity of the former Dutch East Indies.

Suzan Drummen | Go Mulan Gallery

Lose yourself in Suzan Drummen’s hypnotizing dotted artworks.

Amsterdam Light Festival

Last chance! Our favorite light festival that illuminates the early nights. Take a scenic stroll or cruise down the canals of Amsterdam. You’ll find additional light artworks in the Hoftuin from 16:00 till 21:00 every day. There’s free-entrance, but of course we think a canal cruise is the best way to experience the light festival.

Art Fix: Remember our episode on light art? Watch it here.

Gallery Weekend Amsterdam

Beginning Friday the 19th, galleries in the centre of Amsterdam will be open after hours to invite you for a festive celebration of the New Year. All of Art Fix’s favorite galleries are listed below – so keep scrolling for a weekend you won’t forget!

Antonio Jose Guzman & Iva Jankovic | Galerie Stigter van Doesburg

An ongoing joint project reimagining the transatlantic connections of indigo-blue textiles that have come to represent diasporic identity and rich cultural histories.

When the Lights Go Out

This is the first edition of When the Lights Go Out, a special walking tour past 14 galleries in Amsterdam. During the darkest days of the year, these galleries illuminate a single artwork after closing hours.

Tanja Engelberts | Caroline O’Breen Gallery

Based in The Hague, Tanja Engelberts is a visual artist whose works are rather confrontational, yet alluring, in the ways that they evoke the direness of the climate crisis.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi | Stevenson

In her fascinating exhibition ‘Stadium’, Nkosi delves into the political and cultural messaging that is latent within sporting events.

Noémie Degen & Simon Jaton | Diez Gallery 

This brand new gallery space is celebrating its opening with an exhibition of Paris-based artist duo, Noémie Degen and Simon Jaton.

Tomas Rajlich | Borzo Gallery 

  • Until 22 Dec ‘23
  • Keizersgracht 321
  • borzo.com

In 1969, this Czech-Dutch artist fled from his home country following the turmoil of the Prague Spring. Since then, he has become a namesake of the Fundamental Painting tradition from the 70s, delving into geometric abstraction and inspiration from the Minimalists.

Africa Supernova | Kunsthal Kade

Bringing together 145 artworks by artists from 33 African countries, this collection presentation serves as an impressive cross-section of contemporary African art. The show recently featured on NPO’s “Nu te Zien”, which you can view here.

Reach for the Stars | Galerie Ramakers

A new group exhibition is opening opposite the Royal Stables and the Paleistuin. Galerie Ramakers will also be participating in PAN Amsterdam, so you don’t have to make the trip down to the Hague if you’re short on time.

PAN Amsterdam

  • 19 – 26 Nov ’23
  • Opening hours are 11:00 – 18:00 except on Tuesday and Thursday (open until 20:00 and 21:30)
  • Amsterdam RAI, Hall 8, Europaplein
  • pan.nl

The Dutch national art fair that brings together the best in art, antiques and design opens its doors at Amsterdam RAI for nine days.

PAN Podium 

  • 19 – 26 Nov ’23
  • Amsterdam RAI, Hall 8, Europaplein
  • pan.nl

Throughout the fair, PAN Podium offers a daily program of panels and talks. On Tuesday 21 November from 18:00, the Art Fix founders will be there and you are warmly welcome! We’ll be launching our brand new edition with Joep van Lieshout, and hosting a talk on digital learning and collecting. Open until 20:00.

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